City To Hire 'Stop The Violence Coordinator'

Councilmany Burgess tells KDKA radio the coordinator will bring together all of the anti-violence efforts in the city

Lynne Hayes-Freeland
January 09, 2019 - 3:39 pm

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - On the heels of this week's rally against new gun control measures in the city of Pittsburgh, city council has voted to hire a Stop the Violence Coordinator.

Councilman Ricky Burgess tells KDKA radio “Our goal is to reduce all acts of gun violence whether they be Homicide, suicide, domestic violence or mass shootings,” said Burgess.

Burgess adds the person hired will bring together all of the anti-violence efforts in the city, not just ones involving drugs.

“The vast majority of (shooting) are based on acts of disrespect and you know someone likes someone (else’s) girlfriend. They’re not . . . necessarily drug related.

Burgess adds part of that person's mission will be to help raise funds for anti-violence workers.

“We’re going to try to go to the foundation community and outside the government to get matching monies to make some of those workers full time so that they can spend all day going through our community preventing acts of gun violence,” said Burgess.

Burgess says since he took office in 2008 there have been more than 600 homicides in the city, the vast majority of which involved guns.

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No new funding will be needed for the position. Council voted to replace a Public Safety administrative position that was vacant.